State Appeals Court Strikes Down Key Open Government Provision

State Appeals Court Strikes Down Key Open Government Provision

(Austin) The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that a major provision in the Texas Open Meetings Act is unconstitutionally vague, invalidating the specific rule and raising questions about the relationship between free speech rights and government transparency.  TOMA is intended to increase transparency in government proceedings, requiring that any governing body meeting in quorum, that is, with enough members to conduct official business, has to do so in a public forum.  The specific clause […]